Where do I start...
Where to start?
I guess the Kentucky Derby would be a good place.
After a lot of traveling during the Winter and Spring to places like
Las Vegas, Chicago, Vancouver, Nashville and LA (all to do different
types of gigs) I thought it would be nice to have some sort of
non-working getaway. As luck would have it, I received an invitation
from Tricia Barnstable-Brown of Louisville to join a celebrity guest
list for the Derby and surrounding fun-filled days. It was all expenses
paid for me and one friend, so I offered this dream come true vaction
to my dear friend Tracy Pucci. For those of you who do not know her,
she has been stylist and close friend to both Nancy and I for seventeen
years, beginning way back in the 'Heart' album days.
Tracy and I got really
excited about the "girl" aspects of attending America's most famous
horserace...things like our hats for Derby day, and our gowns for the
black tie gala on Derby eve. We ordered our special hats six weeks in
advance from a fine milliner named Jill Henning (you can find her
website online if you're interested. She is truly an artist.) As the
weekend drew close, the huge round boxes arrived...
My LORD we're actually going to wear these things!!
What if they don't fit in the airline overhead bin? Well, Tracy and I
are nothing if not adventurers, so we blasted off from Seattle early
one morning bound for Louisville KY...or as we came to find out
Yes the gigantic hatboxes
did just barely fit in the overhead bins, and everywhere along our
route people asked "going to the Derby?" When we got our connecting
flight in Minneapolis/St. Paul suddenly we were swimming in a sea of
hatboxes. There was real excitement in the air, and I noticed more that
just a little bit of bourbon being ordered...